I got Seoul….
February 8, 2009, 8:00 am
Filed under: Korea
The pun’s been said before, but it doesn’t get less funny to me.
Fortunate being that I am, my birthday this year coincided with Lunar New Year – a widely celebrated holiday in many parts of Asia. Thus, rather than working a Monday birthday, we had it and Tuesday off of work. We did a little pre-birthday celebrating on Friday in Dalmaji-gil – an area close to our apartment that we’ve only recently discovered, we admit sheepishly. Unlike the countless whitegray highrises, the blandly-designed restaurants, and the 15 identical cell phone shops that we pass on our walk to school every day, Dalmaji-gil has as surprising amount of personality in the form of diverse architecture, unique cafe ideas, and color, real color, on some of the buildings! We then spent Saturday through Tuesday exploring Seoul – taking in the sights, shopping, eating some amazing food (like Subway), and being colder than we’ve been all year at a blustery 20*F. I make no apologies, Minnesota.
A lighthouse in the Dalmaji-gil area.
Eric surprised me by taking me to Alexander's, a really nice restaurant overlooking the ocean.
Beautiful, beautiful steak. Although this was the meal's climax, we did take a few baby steps into seafood in earlier courses.
Eric's last surprise of the evening was to take me to this overlook at the top of Dalmaji-gil. I had never even seen it before. It was cold walking up there, but once we did, we had some great views, including the Gwangan-li bridge all lit up.
In Seoul, we stayed in the Insadong area, which is known for its antiques and its bargains - 2 things we love.
The first REAL snow we've seen all year.
Eating Fresh in Korea.
We went to Seoul Tower, which sits on the top of a hill and overlooks the entire city. On the chainlink fencing around the tower, by way of tradition, people had locked into place thousands of messages into place and then thrown they keys down the steep, surrounding hill.
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Seoul from the viewing deck after we'd waited out the sunset over a cup of coffee.